Rick James Net Worth is$35 Million
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Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Singer, Bandleader, Musician, Dance

Date of Birth: Feb 1, 1948

Nicknames: James Ambrose Johnso Jr, James, Rick

Ethnicity: African American

Country: United States of America

As his approximately $35 million dollar estimated net worth proves, the late, great Rick James had chops that few pop stars before or since have had. And you also don't accumulate a net worth like that by being a comedy catchphrase - you do it with hard work, determination, and a healthy dollop of luck. His career in music had a humble beginning, with James singing on the street for tips. But he eventually got a record deal with Columbia, releasing a single along with his band The Mynah Birds entitled "Mynah Bird Hop"/"Mynah Bird Song." Unbeknownst to his band mates, James had joined the band while AWOL from the United States Naval Reserve. This led to their album being shelved, and James spending a year in the Brooklyn Brig. It was many years toiling in the music industry before his debut solo album Come Get It! was released in 1978. From there, he eventually came out with Street Songs two years later. It's this album that has what would become James' biggest hit and signature song "Super Freak." He never hit the same heights as he would during this period, but he remained a respected musician and solo artist until his stroke in 1998 left him a near-recluse. After enjoying a brief resurgence in popularity thanks to his appearance in a popular Chappelle's Show sketch, Rick James met his untimely death in 2004.
James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. (February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004), better known by his stage name Rick James, was an African-American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. James was a popular performer in the late 1970s and 1980s, scoring four number-one hits on the U.S. R&B charts performing in the genres of funk and R&B. Among his well known songs are "Super Freak", "Mary Jane" and "You and I".
In addition to his music, James gained notoriety for his wild lifestyle, which led to widely publicized legal problems, and which was famously satirized by Chappelle's Show in 2004.
Rick James was born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. in Buffalo, New York. He attended Orchard Park High School and Bennett High School before dropping out at the age of 15. One of eight children, his father, an autoworker, abandoned him and his siblings when Rick was a child. His mother, a former vaudeville dancer, later reportedly ran errands for a Mafia family to make ends meet.[citation needed]
James grew up singing on street corners with fellow neighborhood boys. James' early idols included Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations (particularly his uncle, Melvin Franklin). After briefly being involved in street crime, James dropped out of high school at 15 to avoid a possible draft and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. A year later, James left the Reserve after he began to miss weekend training, because it interfered with his music career.[not in citation given]
After failing to report for active duty on the USS Enterprise and in fear of arrest, James fled north to Toronto in the summer of 1964. Now using the stage name Big Jimmy, he formed his first band with future Steppenwolf member Nick St. Nicholas, initially called the Sailor Boyz. The band soon changed their name to the Mynah Birds, bassist Bruce Palmer took over for St. Nicholas in early 1965, and the group soon released their first single, "Mynah Bird Hop"/"Mynah Bird Song" for Columbia Records of Canada.

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